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York Simcoe Autism Network (YSAN)

York Simcoe Autism Network (YSAN) is a group of organizations providing autism services within York Region and Simcoe County. YSAN organizations are committed to work together to provide accessible, high quality services that result in improved outcomes for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The network builds on existing system expertise to support children, youth and their families from diagnosis to transition to adulthood.

YSAN services will be available to families in York Region and Simcoe County who have a child with a diagnosis of ASD and are registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). For families not registered in the OAP, please request a free consultation with Kinark’s Service Navigation team for support here.


YSAN Services

Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Program

Caregiver-mediated early years programs support families with young children between the ages of 12 months and 48 months. The programs will be play-based, child-led and developmentally appropriate, and available for a period of up to six months per child.

Parents and caregivers will learn therapeutic strategies and specific techniques from professionals based on their child’s individual needs.

The focus will be on building a caregiver’s capacity to support their child’s skill development in the areas of:

  • social interaction
  • play
  • communication
  • emotional development
  • adaptive development and self-help skills

Service providers will help families to identify and access next steps for their child after completing the caregiver-mediated early years program.

You can learn more about the caregiver-mediated early years programs below. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact us through email at caregivermediatedservices@kinark.on.ca or call us at 1-800-283-3377.

Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)

Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged 12 months to 48 months that uses your child’s interests to build their motivation, language, as well as social and play skills. Over 12 weeks of individualized coaching, caregivers will use the skills they have learned throughout all parts of their day to improve how they interact with their child. 

Benefits of PRT include:

  • Greater parent engagement with their child
  • Improved understanding of what motivates your child to learn
  • Reduction in challenging behaviours
  • Increased play skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Greater interest in social interactions
  • Strategies for using reinforcement to build your child’s skills

Caregivers will participate in an introductory session followed by weekly one-to-one coaching sessions with a PRT clinician. Sessions may be held at a community treatment centre, the program office, the family home, or virtually. At the conclusion of PRT, caregivers will be provided with a summary of their child’s progress and recommendations for next steps.

To learn more about this program, please contact us through email at caregivermediatedservices@kinark.on.ca or call us at 1-800-283-3377.

PLAY Project

The PLAY Project is a playful, practical, parent-implemented program that supports the development of social interaction, communication, play and pre-academic skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This program is appropriate for children aged 12 months to 48 months at all developmental levels.

The PLAY Project focuses on empowering parents to support their child’s strengths and needs through one-on-one sessions with a PLAY Project Consultant. Services are delivered virtually or in-home through sessions by trained PLAY Project Consultants for up to six months. In each session, the PLAY Consultant will coach families to use individualized, evidence-based techniques designed to help their child reach their full developmental potential. Consultants will listen to updates from your family, answer questions, model techniques and activities and coach you to use them with your child.

The PLAY Project also involves families implementing the strategies learned with their child daily within regular family routines and activities. Each family will receive a monthly PLAY plan which summarizes their child’s progress and includes goals for the next month.

To learn more about this program, please contact us through email at caregivermediatedservices@kinark.on.ca or call us at 1-800-283-3377.

Social ABCs

The Social ABCs is an evidence-based, parent-led, early intervention program designed for toddlers between the ages of 12 months and 42 months, who are displaying social and/or communication challenges which may be signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The two main targets of Social ABC’s are:

  1. Fostering vocal social communication that is intentional, directed, & functional
  2. Encouraging positive emotion sharing between toddler and caregiver

The Social ABCs is parent-led and will provide families with a set of strategies to help their child communicate and interact socially. Parents are coached to learn the strategies through a parent friendly manual and one-on-one coaching sessions. In between sessions, parents are expected to implement the strategies throughout their daily activities with their child.

Social ABCs can be delivered virtually or in person, at a YSAN partners office or in a family’s home. Coaches from our network have a strong foundation in Early Childhood Development, Autism Spectrum Disorders (pre and post diagnosis) and extensive experience supporting families and children with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of ASD.

To learn more about this program, please contact us through email at caregivermediatedservices@kinark.on.ca or call us at 1-800-283-3377.


Service providers are determined upon intake and may be any of the following organizations:

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